Fruits of labour in science do not come immediately: Nobel laureate

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SummaryBharat Ratna C N R Rao, who is head of the vision group in Karnataka on nano technology, said the government must not forget to fund science.

Scientists engaged in research in areas such as nano technology need to constantly remind politicians and decision-makers who fund science that the fruit of their labour will not be available immediately, 2010 physics Nobel laureate Sir Andre Geim said at the inauguration of the sixth Bangalore India Nano event here on Thursday.

“You have to remind politicians, investors that the fruits of labour in science do not come immediately. It needs a long-term effort,” Geim of University of Manchester said.

“It is a strange world where you (scientists) have to run all the time to stay in the same place,’’ he said.

Bharat Ratna C N R Rao, who is head of the vision group in Karnataka on nano technology, said the government must not forget to fund science. Nano science had received targeted funding from the government, helping produce a large number of papers in the field from India and placing the country at number three in research papers, he said.

“We have made reasonable progress. We have a long way to go,” Rao said.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the state government had provided 14 acres of land to set up a Rs 100-crore central government-funded Indian Institute of Nano Science and Technology on Tumkur Road in Bangalore.

The Karnataka government also plans to established a Nano Park, he said.

“Our government proposes to establish a state-of-the-art Nano Park in Bangalore, which will have a nano incubation centre,” Siddaramaiah said.

“This will give a major fillip to the nanotechnology industry in the state in the coming years,” he said.

“Given the enabling nature of nanotechnology and its ability to converge with other technologies, it has the potential to meet key development-related challenges in diverse sectors such as agriculture, environment, health and water,’’ Siddaramaiah said.

“The state government will consider providing enhanced budgetary support for Nano initiatives, activities of the vision group on science and technology as well as other ventures for science and technology,’’ he said.

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